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Forum topic by bonesbr549 posted 04-20-2014 02:16 AM 1107 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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bonesbr549

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04-20-2014 02:16 AM

Dang nab it. I’m on a rush job and my woodpecker PRL had a real hard time moving today. I figured it was clogged with crap and if i cleaned it it would be back to its old self. Well no go still rough as a cobb to the point I can’t move it far. Only thing I can figure with the dual threaded post, one got our somehow

Part of me says just order a new PRL V2 since it will fit the opening in my router table. Send the old one off to get refurbished and sell it when it comes back to offset some of the cost.

Or just send it off and hope it gets done fast.

I’d consider another brand but I’d have to make a new top and I love the incra fence.

CRAP CRAP CRAP.

I feel better now…..

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#1 posted 04-20-2014 02:27 AM

I’m not sure everyone is familiar with the PRL and what it is,a router lift. I’ve only used a JessEm 02120 and it has preformed flawlessly for several years.
To bad your having problems

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#2 posted 04-20-2014 02:35 AM

If you do get a new lift, I’d go for the incra mast-r-lift II. It has better features than the prl and fits 18 different routers. The insert rings are much better too. They’re held in with magnets and adjustable for level, something the prl series lacks.

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#3 posted 04-20-2014 03:02 AM

I’ve looked at the other brands and they are good to. Mine was made in 2004, so she’s served me well for a long time.

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#4 posted 04-20-2014 10:09 AM

The mast-r-lift II fits the prl opening. :)

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#5 posted 04-20-2014 11:33 AM

If you have the aluminum ring set for the PRL, I think it will also fit the newer ones. If they don’t, and you change brands they are probably worth some money on the swap and sell sections of these forums. But to be honest, I’d bet the Woodpecker’s will fix it, and fairly quickly. I sent a Plunge Lift into them for repair and got t back in about 9 days (I realize that wouldn’t be quick for a commercial job).

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#6 posted 04-20-2014 01:14 PM

Well I might be ok now! I went down and hit the whole think heavy with Bit-n-blade cleaner let it soak last night. I then hit it heavy with bowshield and let it set overnight. This morning it started turning again enough to be functional. I’m going to check to make sure the bit is not out of true 90 which could happen if the posts are not balanced and in alignment.

I also think I discovered part of the problem. When I originally was deciding between the PRL and the Jessem I liked the fact that the PRL had a chain instead of rubber belt. I also liked the all metal parts. However there is one plastic part. I did not fully realize till I took it apart to clean it. It’s the main cog that you put your crank handle in. I think that has worn just enough to add resistance to the turning.

If my 7518’s bit shaft is still a true 90 in the lift today, and I can get that cog from them I will be ok. If not, I’m going to just order a new lift that will fit my opening. I have to admit I’ve pounded the hell out of that combo (PRL+PC7518) since day one, and its been a trooper since 2004

I do however know why they changed from a dual post to a single one.

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#7 posted 04-21-2014 12:58 AM

Happy ending! I managed to get a lot done today after getting the table back together. I still need to replace the one part, but thats a whole lot better than a new lift.

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#8 posted 04-21-2014 11:25 AM

You might find when you call they will just mail you the part.

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#9 posted 04-21-2014 04:43 PM

What a class act! I called woodpecker today, and they are sending me a new part. I asked how much$$. He simply responded “no charge you already bought it once!” Needless to say they had my address from all the other woodpecker tools I own. It’s on it’s way and he said they redesigned the part. I love those tools!

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#10 posted 04-21-2014 05:03 PM

They are a class act!

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#11 posted 04-23-2014 05:58 PM

Same thing happened to me with an older Incra/Woodpeckers lift a few years back. Same result too. Richard Hummel’s folks at Woodpeckers sent me the parts to repair my old lift at no charge and picked up the freight. They are indeed a class act. Now I have a standard PRL V2 and a sidewinder. I will stay with the Woodpecker folks until they give me a reason not to. I really like their products and service. You really do get what you pay for.

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